Ear plugs are the devices used to block noise, water, air pollutants, dust, etc from the ear canal. They are available in many designs and materials which are inserted in the ear to get the desired results. People involved in activities like: swimming, water sports, air travel, music concerts, etc, should use ear plugs more frequently to decrease the ear damage. The type of ear plug must be chosen as per the frequency of the activity one is involved in.
Many types of noise cancelling earplugs are available in the market like: foam, silicon, wax, flanged and custom molded ear plugs. Each type of ear plug has positive and negative effects on the ear health, amount of sound and the quality of sound they can keep off the ears.
•The foam ear plugs are mostly the single-use; disposable ones which can be easily used while travelling by air. Most care should be taken while inserting them in the ears, as the crease in the plug may not provide the desired effect.
•Silicon ear plugs are soft moldable type plugs which can be used when somebody is involved in a noisy activity under the sun as the sun will not melt or change fit of the plug.
•Wax ear plug made from all natural- blended beeswax is a soft and moldable type ear plug which is reusable and can be fitted in any ear canal. It is 100% water proof and best for people involved in water sports, swimming, surfing, etc.
•Flanged are the ear plugs, usually, made from silicon. They are used by the musicians to block extra noise, without depleting the sound quality. It is most apt for the people playing rock music.
•Custom moldable ear plugs are designed to precisely fit the ear canal shape and is made from mold of the wearer’s ear. They are the non-disposable type ear plugs made from acrylic, vinyl, or silicon materials. They are divided in two types as per the place they are made at: laboratory made and “formed in place”. Custom molded are either vented (for communication) or non-vented (for high noise).
Choose the best fit of ear plugs as per the most frequent activity and protect them from the environmental hazards for the ear. Also, do not forget, the natural state is the best state for every body part, including ear. So, do not wear them all the time, just use them while in the activity and then take them off to maintain natural health for the ear.